Key Issues: Call for Proposals and Author Guidelines

KEY ISSUES IN ASIAN STUDIES books are designed for use in undergraduate humanities and social science courses, as well as by advanced high-school students and teachers, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in Asia. Key Issues books complement Education About Asia, and serve as vital educational materials that are both accessible and affordable for classroom use.

Authors should assume little prior audience knowledge of the subjects of their manuscripts. Manuscript proposals submitted to the series should tackle broad subjects or major cultural and historical themes in an introductory but compelling jargon-free style appropriate for survey courses, written to encourage classroom debate and discussion.

Manuscripts on contemporary affairs that are narrow in focus or without historical context will not be suitable for the series.

Authors should first submit a proposal—Microsoft Word documents are preferred—to the Series Editor, Lucien Ellington, for evaluation. Proposals should consist of a draft Table of Contents and an Introduction (or portion of Chapter One if more applicable). Proposals should be e-mailed to

If a proposal is accepted for evaluation, the author will be given up to nine months to submit a complete manuscript. Only complete manuscripts will enter the formal review process.

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines.

Manuscripts—to be sent as a Microsoft Word document—should be double-spaced in 12-point type. The main text should be divided into chapters/sections followed by endnotes (rather than footnotes, used as economically as possible) as well as a 1–2 page glossary, a bibliography and/or References for Further Study. The recommended manuscript length, inclusive of all material, is approximately 25,000 words. Please avoid use of non-standard diacritics.

The cover page should include the title of the manuscript and the total word count. It should also include information on the author: name, title, professional affiliation, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers. To allow blind peer review, the name of the author should not appear on any other page.

Use endnotes rather than footnotes (as economically as possible). Each new chapter should begin with Note 1. Please conform to the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Endnotes should be typed and double-spaced on separate pages that follow the manuscript but precede the bibliography and/or “References for Further Study.” Please avoid automatic endnote functions and submit notes in a separate file, not as part of each chapter. Do not place note numbers in chapter titles or headings. Note numbers should always follow punctuation and be placed at the end of sentences. Try to avoid having more than one note in a sentence. Combine notes if possible.

Please conform to the Humanities Style in Chapter 16 of the 15th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. This reference matter should be typed and double-spaced on separate pages that follow the endnotes.

Since the “Key Issues” booklets are used in classrooms, we strongly encourage the inclusion of photographs, figures, maps, and other illustrative materials. Images should be submitted in high-resolution digital form (at least 300 ppi), with accompanying photocopies for editorial use. Please number the images sequentially and indicate in the manuscript where each should appear, together with a suitable caption.

Please Note: The AAS does not furnish artwork, maps, or illustrations. These are the responsibility of the author. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you must obtain written permission to reproduce each illustration—and provide payment if required—prior to the booklet being entered into production. Copies of all necessary reprint permissions must be included with your finished manuscript.

Tables should be numbered sequentially and have concise titles and column headings. Each table should be discussed in the text but remain intelligible by itself. Each table should be inserted in the text near the corresponding narrative.

Please number display materials such as tables, figures, maps, and charts and submit them in separate files. Placement in the text should be indicated with a statement such as “Place figure 2.3 about here” on a separate line in the text. Please supply a separate file containing figure captions, map titles, table titles, and so on.

If a proposal is selected for evaluation and blind peer review, and a full manuscript is requested, the author should e-mail a Microsoft Word copy of the manuscript along with a completed author questionnaire to Series Editor, Lucien Ellington, at

After assessment by the Series Editor, completed manuscripts that meet the series requirements will be evaluated by two blind peer reviewers. Final decisions to accept or reject manuscripts will be made by the Series Editor. Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication will receive a formal contract at this point. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be copyedited and returned to authors for review prior to layout and publication.

Once your proposal has been blind peer reviewed and formally accepted for publication, an author marketing questionnaire should also be completed.


A contract will be offered after the book has been formally accepted for publication.

The AAS offers authors a 10% royalty on net sales (payable annually).